Alternative Education Dare to Learn

The HWCT Alternative Education Department through its “Dare to Learn” motto, conducts a variety of Education based programmes for Youth. (Male or Female Students between the ages of 13-16 years of age.) For many of them, they have either become disengaged from Mainstream Education for a variety of reasons or face social and or behavioural issues.

Working with the Ministry of Education, Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki, Work and Income, Youth/Family Courts and the New Zealand Police, the department delivers programmes assigned to the achievement of NZQA credits, whilst developing and reinforcing such traits as Resilience, Encouragement, Selflessness, Pride, Equality, Confidence and Trust, instilling the values and attitudes for Youth to become leaders within their communities.

What is Alternative Education?

Alternative Education is a short-term intervention programme for young people who have become “lost or alienated” from the Education system. (Either they are unwilling to attend regular School, or Schools are unwilling to enrol them in a mainstream setting) The programme re-engages students in a small classroom environment suited to their individual needs and involves goal setting, literacy, numeracy and credits on the National Qualifications Framework.


This programme aims to educate Students, that have otherwise been disengaged from education with the ultimate aim to get them back in to school, further study or employment and by giving them a minimum qualification of NCEA Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy. This will take place in the following contexts:

  • Education – work through Te Kura (Correspondence School).
  • Values Education – integrated across everything we do.
  • EOTC – using onsite facilities, Awhitu Environmental Camp, natural surroundings.
  • Adventure Based Learning
  • Physical Training

We also aim to show the Students that there are different pathways in life and we open their eyes to different options. Where we can, we work on behaviour modification in conjunction with our nurse, instructors and other necessary agencies.

Graduates from this programme will go onto Youth Guarantee courses, to High School or the work place.

Student Eligibility

  • Students MUST be between the ages of 13 – 15 years on the date of enrolment and NOT currently enrolled at School.
  • Students must be verified as “alienated” (truancy, stood-down, excluded) from Mainstream Education by the Ministry of Education (M.o.E).
  • Students must be New Zealand Citizens.


Papakura Alternative Education Programme (Auckland based) 

(Note: All enrolments for this programme are processed through the Counties Manukau Alternative Education Consortium)

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